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Sounders FC

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January 30, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Five players cut, four set to join

Here’s what I sent in to be posted on the Times’ site:

Seattle Sounders FC released five players following Friday’s practice at Seahawks headquarters but will replenish its roster with at least four new arrivals when the team opens the second phase of training camp next week in Southern California.

Midfielder Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar, defender-midfielders Kenji Treschuk and Kevin Sakuda, defender John Fishbaugher and forward Youssouf Kante were let go. All five played in Friday’s 11-on-11 practice scrimmage, then were informed of their release after the session ended.

Sounders FC will add the following players to the camp roster next week, with more expected to follow: Third-round draft pick Jared Karkas, former Kansas City Wizards forward Ryan Pore, former D.C. United forward Quavas Kirk and first-year forward Jeff Clark, who played at Concordia College in California.

“We’re moving forward,” Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid said. “Some guys have done well and they’re going to continue to be with us, and some guys, we’re going to move forward on and look at other players.”

There are currently 30 players on the roster, but six are dealing with injuries, one is not under contract and one, Karkas, will report next week.

ANALYSIS:

-The ranks are really thin, but Seattle hopes to get D Patrick Ianni and M Steven King back into action in California.

-Alcaraz-Cuellar, to me, was the biggest surprise cut. He seemed to be playing well in scrimmages and I thought he looked good today. He is 31, so maybe that had something to do with it, but he stood out as the best player cut, at least in my view. He also was good to have as a bilingual buddy for Fredy Montero and Osvaldo Alonso, two guys who are mainly Spanish speakers.

-Sakuda was also having a solid camp. There’s good depth on defense, though.

-All of those released were former USL Sounders. That couldn’t be easy for assistant coach Brian Schmetzer to take, but a lot of those players were, as promised, given an opportunity.

-Fredy Montero was the best player on the field Friday and Sebastien Le Toux has also had a good camp. Steve Zakuani has shown flashes of brilliance and Nate Jaqua has been solid. But there’s an influx of forwards coming to California that will push everyone harder.

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